Back in the day, the Monkey Island series was a hit for PC owners. It was humorous, inventive, and filled with mind-bending puzzles.
1991 saw the release of Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge for the PC. Now 19 years later the game has been re-mastered for high-definition, voices have been added, and it’s available to play on your next-gen systems.
Monkey Island 2 follows the games main character, Guybrush Threepwood, a wannabe pirate who is “known” for defeating the evil pirate LeChuck.
This time around Guybrush is on a quest to find the infamous treasure “Big Whoop”, and he has a lot in his way if he wants to find it. There are pirates in your way, fat Governor’s, crazy criminals, and all around hilarious characters.
The control scheme takes some getting used to, which is surprising being how basic it actually is. The left stick controls Guybrush, but the paths are very linear, so don’t expect to do any real “exploring”. The right stick controls what would be the “mouse” if you were playing on the computer. The player uses the right stick to highlight objects, pick them up, push/pull, and all sorts of actions. Once you highlight something you want to interact with, the player uses R2, this brings up a wheel that has all sorts of interaction options. These controls are very basic, there is also a few more buttons to be used as well, such as, square which brings up a hint when you find yourself in trouble, and triangle which will skip through cut scenes or conversations. There is also a button to use which will highlight all of the objects that can be interacted with in one particular area, which can come in handy when you are completely lost.
The graphics have been completely revamped (as they should be). The special edition features an entirely polished look to the whole game. It looks great on any high-definition television, and when looking at it, you wouldn’t think you were playing a game that was 19 years old! Players even have the ability to switch back to the 90’s version with the press of a button. Press select and the screen will turn back to its original glory from back in the day.
The sound is fantastic too. The team decided to add some voice-over work for the special edition, and it fits quite well with all of the 16-bit characters, and their mannerisms. This makes the game seem like a whole new title from its predecessor which only featured text-based conversations.
Perhaps the most enjoyable portion of the game is having ridiculous conversations with other characters around you. Sometimes, saying the right thing can get you one response, and saying the wrong thing can get you a completely ridiculous one. Bantering back and forth with the wood smith about “how much wood a woodchuck actually could chuck?” is hilarious and you will find yourself chuckling throughout the whole game.
The one downside to the game is…it’s difficult. If you are not creative or you don’t have the ability to put two things together and have them interact with something else, than this game may not be for you. You may find yourself checking online for hints if the hint system does not do it for you. However, don’t get frustrated, because there is plenty of help available all over the net.
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge is a ton of fun. Fans of the series should definitely download this one. With a price tag of only $9.99, you couldn’t pass it up, could you? Well if you could, you really shouldn’t this game brings enjoyment and laughter to anyone looking for a change of pace. If you are looking for a fun and funny game that puts your brain to the test, then don’t hesitate any longer, go download this one right away!
Overall Score: 8/10
Check out the release trailer from a while back below!!